Shabbat Parashat Naso| 5766
Naso | | 1/1/2005
One of the “highlights” of our parasha is Birkat Kohanim, the blessing given by members of the priestly tribe to the congregation. The kohanim are commanded: “So shall you bless Bnei Yisrael” (Bamidbar 6:23), and they perform this mitzva daily in Israel and on holidays abroad. Theyrecite three sets of two requests of Hashem, separated by His name, as the One who provides the good. After giving the text that they use, the Torah concludes, “They shall place My name on Bnei Yisrael, and I shall bless them” (ibid. 6:27). According to this pasuk, whom is Hashem blessing?
The final paragraph of our arbitration agreement reads as follows: “The sides hereby affirm and admit that they carried out a halachically valid kinyan (act of acquisition or finalization) in an esteemed beit din on all of their obligations in every paragraph of this agreement, in accordance with the seriousness of all conditions and the seriousness of all documents.” We will focus on a few of the phrases in this paragraph and explain why they are needed.
The next question is whether one solves problems by attaching the apparatus in a way that the milking does not begin until a timer activates the main suction, after the person has removed his hand. This seems to depend on the explanations regarding one who tied someone down in a place that later became very hot and killed him. Tosafot (Sanhedrin 77a) originally assumes that according to the opinions that one who sets a fire is like someone who damages directly, in this case the person would be guilty of murder.
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).